UK university issues content warning for Harry Potter book
A UK university has reportedly placed a content warning on a course reading list containing the first Harry Potter book and other young adult novels, saying the lyrics lead to “difficult conversations about gender, race, sexuality, class and identity.” being able to lead.
The warning relates to the three books being studied in a literature course at the University of Chester, the Daily Mail reported.
The list of books subject to the warning includes JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights.
“Although we study a selection of young adult texts in this module, the types of theories we apply to them can lead to some difficult conversations about gender, race, sexuality, class and identity,” the warning says.
“These topics are treated objectively, critically and above all with respect. If anyone has any issues with the content, please contact the module leader to bring it to their attention.”
The warning comes after Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, faced a wave of criticism after he was accused of making transphobic comments.
dr Richard Leahy, the university lecturer in charge of the literature class, tweeted in March 2019 that “JK Rowling reveals he’s not my best pal.” His Twitter account appears to have been deleted.
A university spokesman described the warning as a “general paragraph” and insisted it was not “specific to the three texts”.
“Anyone who studies literature should expect to face all the questions, challenges and complexities of humanity. As a university, we encourage discussion of this rather than avoid it,” the spokesman said.
“Of course we include a generic paragraph in our reading lists to draw attention to the opportunity for individual students to speak to tutors when something is particularly difficult due to its personal relevance.
“Tutors know how to direct students to professional support that may occasionally be needed, but often the tutorial or seminar discussion is enough for a student to put a problem into context.”